The Assumption of Adults as the Norm

Abortion advocates claim that an unborn child is not valuable because of one or more of the following factors: her/his size, level of development, environment, degree of dependency or personhood of the child. This article is part two in a five part serious examining each of these claims.

Human rights are denied either by a concept of personhood which declares some humans are not persons, or by an assumption that all humans look like adults the argument that the state of a human’s development in some way affects his or her value.  This article will focus on how human rights are denied by assuming that humans should look like human adults (the next will focus on the personhood concept). This way of thinking is easy to do, but it is nonsense when we consider that human life begins at fertilization.

If someone had only ever seen butterflies would they conclude that caterpillars were of the same species? In a similar manner if someone had only ever seen human beings after birth would they conclude that a one-celled zygote is the same species as a born human being? In both cases it is unlikely that they would do so however that does not change the fact that both caterpillar and butterfly are of the same species and so are human zygotes, embryos, fetuses, children, and adults.
Therefore the life of a one-celled human immediately after fertilization is just as human as an adult. The question we are faced with is this: Is being human enough to deserve protection under the law?

Humans are either intrinsically valuable by virtue of our humanity or we are not. If we are valuable because we are human then killing human beings should always be forbidden no matter what stage of development these human beings are in. Furthermore if any conception of human rights is to exist then all human beings must possess an equal right to life, because one cannot possess rights if he or she is dead, and if all humans do not possess human rights by virtue of their humanity then these so called rights are not really rights but merely privileges bestowed upon (and taken away from) humans who meet certain conditions.

An unborn baby is just as human as an adult. So when dehumanizing language is used to describe a nascent human life it is simply an excuse to discriminate; a misuse of language designed to hide the truth, that a new human life exists. 

Stay tuned for part 3 which will look into personhood arguments.

Part 1: What makes us valuable?

Abortion advocates claim that an unborn child is not valuable because of one or more of the following factors: her/his size, level of development, environment, degree of dependency or personhood of the child. This article is part one in a five part serious examining each of these claims.

The moral relevance of Lilliputians

In Jonathan Swift’s work Gulliver’s Travels, the main character Gulliver encounters little people 1/12 the size of human beings.

If a race of individuals were found to exist who like Lilliputians possess human characteristics, yet were only six inches tall, would these individuals have moral relevance?

When we consider the issue of scale that in the view of the Lilliputians, Gulliver a normal sized human being is twelve times their size therefore he is a giant among normal sized men.

Every characteristic that is possessed by human beings is present in the small Lilliputian people. Therefore it would be strange to deny moral relevance to a being simply based on her/his size.

Imagine that like Gulliver, after visiting the Lilliputians we were to visit the giant Brobdingnagians who are twelve times the size of normal humans. If the Lilliputians can be considered morally irrelevant because of their size then it follows that humans are likewise morally irrelevant to Brobdingnagians.

Some may protest at this analogy that we are normal sized for our species, but an unborn child is not a normal size for our species. However that is assuming that human beings start out as adults or that being an adult is normal for humans and being of other stages of development is abnormal. However  an unborn child in the first few weeks of development is also the size that her peers. She is likewise of normal size for a human of that age and stage of development. 

Approaching ethics based on size can only be based on a might makes right idea that completely trashes the Western notion that the law is there to protect the most defenseless human beings.

It is therefore clear: The size of an individual cannot be the basis for her rights.

Stay tuned for our next article based on level of development.

NDRL Fall Banquets

Our Fall Banquets are fast approaching, this year we are proud to welcome Notre Dame Law Professor O. Carter Snead to speak at three events across the state of North Dakota, where he will be presenting “The Case for Dismemberment Abortion Bans in Prudence and Principle” in Dickinson on Sunday September 20th, in Bismarck on Monday September 21st, and in Fargo on Tuesday September 22nd.

Professor Snead is internationally recognized in the field on Public Bioethics and his research touches on every aspect of life issues with over forty journal articles, book chapters, and essays appearing in the New York University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, and the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics. He is also the editor for two book series for the University of Notre Dame Press.

Please consider attending our banquets they are free to attend, but there will be an opportunity to give to NDRL during the banquet. Please RSVP to NDRL by September 14th at or 701-258-3811.

We are still looking for banquet underwriters to help defray the cost of the banquet. We are recognizing underwriting gifts between $200 and $499 as Bronze level gifts, gifts between $500-999 as Silver level gifts and gifts of $1000 or more as Gold level gifts.  Underwriters will be listed in the program and acknowledged on the projector screen.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp not Running for Governor!

Pro abortion Democrat Heidi Heitkamp is not running for Governor. This announcement comes shortly following her announcement that she will oppose the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Her opposition to the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act breaks a campaign promise Heitkamp made when running for Governor when she said: “I do not support public funding of abortions, and believe that late term abortions should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the mother.” 

Her office now claims that she is for late term abortion, but against federal funding of abortion (even though she voted to insert federal funding for abortion in a bill earlier this year): ”Senator Heitkamp believes reproductive decisions should be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor, and it isn’t up to the government to determine what that timeline should be.”

It appears that her radical pro-abortion position that she used when she ran for Governor in 2000 is the most accurate view of her beliefs on life. “I have said that, basically, I believe this is a choice that is best left to the mother, that is best left to the choice in the family. I think this is a decision that a lot of people in this state don’t think the government should be involved in at all.” (Hot Talk with Scott Hennen)

Senator Heitkamp not running for Governor is a small victory for the pro-life movement, but she is still doing lots of harm to the rights of unborn children in the United States Senate. 

Missouri Woman Claims "Religious Freedom" to Get Around Abortion Waiting Period

A woman in Missouri is claiming that Missouri's 72-hour waiting period before obtaining an abortion violates her "sincerely held religious beliefs."

The woman, called "Mary", is a member of the St. Louis chapter of the Satanic Temple. Damien Ba'al, head of the St. Louis chapter of the Satanic Temple calls the waiting period "dehumanizing."

Mr. Ba'al says that, "according to our tenets, one's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone. So we are also protecting her sincerely held religious beliefs."

Mr. Ba'al, along with the other members of the Satanic Temple in St. Louis, are very open about trying to help "circumvent these obstacles so that she is able to make her own decisions about her body and her medical well being." He goes on to say that, "this is about a human being, who has rights to control her own body, and a right to her religious beliefs."

Read the original article here.


We can only hope that the courts do not recognize abortion as a sincerely held religious belief worthy of superseding restrictions. The Satanic Temple can talk all it wants about their beliefs that "one's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone," but that does not mean that someone has a religious right to abortion. Abortion isn't only dealing with one person's body, it is dealing with a second person.

Furthermore, a 72-hour waiting period is not an unreasonable restriction on a life-changing (and life-ending) procedure. Many mothers who want an abortion are able to receive more information during that time; information that can help them realize the gravity of the situation and the understanding that there is an unborn child that is about to be killed. Waiting periods can save lives.

We must continue educating others about the realities of abortion. We must continue spreading the truth, that an unborn child is a human being deserving of rights, and that killing an unborn child does not get rid of any problems that may be at hand. We must not allow abortion on-demand and without restrictions.

We must not give up, for we can end the tragedy known as abortion.

NDRL Spring Banquets are Encouraging.

Last week, NDRL hosted our Spring Banquets in Grand Forks and Minot. I was very encouraged by the leadership of our youth at these events. Our masters of ceremonies were seventeen and twenty-one years old respectively, and both did a great job. We also had two dynamic teens for life reports on the March for Life. These reports contained a lot of insight. It was immediately clear, our youth understand the importance of being involved in the pro-life movement.

Emily Dosch, our Teens for Life presenter in Grand Forks, pointed out the joy that was present at the March for Life. Even though we were there to lament the loss of life abortion causes, we are also there to celebrate life. Life is precious. The pro-life movement will continue to celebrate the lives of the living including but not limited to unborn children saved from the destruction of abortion. We will not give in to the culture of death. 

The vociferous defense of life these young people gave was refreshing; the next generation understands that every human life is worthy of respect. Their witness reminds me of the preface to Jean Garton’s classic Who Broke the Baby? when Dr. Garton relates how she was putting together a slideshow on abortion to show to medical students when “Suddenly I [Dr. Garton] heard, rather than saw, another person near me. At the sound of a sharp intake of breath, I turned to find that my youngest son, then a sleepy, rumpled three-year-old, had unexpectedly and silently entered the room. His small voice was filled with great sadness as he asked, ‘Who broke the baby’” 

Our teens know who broke the baby and have an extensive understanding of the issue, yet they still recoil at the horror of abortion and gasp. Like the child in Dr. Garton’s story our teens understand the value of all human life intuitively. However these teens also understand the issue logically, and understand the ethical reasons why all human beings deserve to have their lives protected.

Joy is a powerful weapon, when we go to pro-life events and show ourselves to be joyful people working to extend the paramount human right: the right to life to our fellow humans, we break the stereotypes that the media has created about us. We are not angry white old conservative men; we are joyful people of all colors, genders and ages. We are not a movement of abortion and death, but one that rejects abortion, doctor proscribed suicide, and euthanasia. Ours is a movement of joy, a movement of hope, a movement of life.

For Life,

Brock Schmeling
Legislative Director

Daniel Kraemer - Master of Ceremonies at the Grand Forks banquet.

Daniel Kraemer - Master of Ceremonies at the Grand Forks banquet.

Emily Dosch - March for Life report at the Grand Forks banquet.

Emily Dosch - March for Life report at the Grand Forks banquet.

Susan Thom - Master of Ceremonies at the Minot banquet.

Susan Thom - Master of Ceremonies at the Minot banquet.

Katie Brunner & Kenzie Leintz - March for Life report at the Minot banquet.

Katie Brunner & Kenzie Leintz - March for Life report at the Minot banquet.

Olivia Gans-Turner - keynote speaker.

Olivia Gans-Turner - keynote speaker.

NDRL Spring Banquets with Olivia Gans Turner

North Dakota Right to Life is proud to be hosting two spring banquets with guest speaker Olivia Gans Turner.

The banquets will be held:

Sunday, April 12th
Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
5:30 PM - Social
6:30 PM - Dinner and Program

Monday, April 13th
Minot @ Grand Hotel
5:30 PM Social
6:30 PM Dinner and Program

To attend the banquets or for information on becomming an underwriter, please contact our office at 701-258-3811 or email us at

Olivia Gans Turner will be giving a talk entitled, 40 years after Roe v. Wade, who are the hidden victims of the abortion culture?

Olivia Gans Turner directs American Victims of Abortion (AVA), an outreach project of the National Right to Life Committee. Mrs. Turner helped to organize one of the nation’s first peer-to-peer post-abortion support groups in the New York City area after almost two years of suffering through an acute emotional reaction to her own abortion experience as an unwed college student.

Mrs. Turner has spoken widely on post-abortion syndrome and other abortion-related issues in the United States and in Europe. A frequent witness before legislative bodies, she provides testimony on informed consent laws and parental notification laws as well as abortion complications. In the nineteen years since she became AVA director, she has traveled to over seventeen countries. Between 1994 and 2000, Mrs. Turner was a non-governmental organization delegate to numerous United Nations conferences. Those include the 1994 World Population and Development Conference held in Egypt; the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women held in Beijing, China; and the 2000 World summit on Children held in New York City. Mrs. Turner has appeared on such nationally syndicated programs such as Nightline, Good Morning America, and Hannity & Colmes, and on C-SPAN, CNN, and National Public Radio news programs.

In addition to her duties at the National Right to Life Committee, Mrs. Turner currently serves as President of the Virginia Society for Human Life. 

The Pro-Life Movement Has Lost Two Great Leaders

It was a sad Friday for the pro-life movement. We lost two very great pro-life men in Dr. Jack Wilke and Bro. Paul O'Donnell.

Dr. Jack Wilke

Dr. Jack Wilke was an enormous figure in the pro-life community. He served as President of the National Right to Life Committee for 10 years, helped found the International Right to Life Federation, and was Co-Founder and President of the Life Issues Institute.

Dr. Wilke was an asset for all pro-lifers; giving us such materials as Abortion, Questions and Answers: Why Can't We Love Them Both and the Handbook on Abortion, among numerous other books. The materials of Dr. Jack Wilke and his wife, Barbara, have educated millions around the world, having been translated into 32 different languages. Dr. Wilke died at the age of 89. He was loved by so many and will be missed by us all.

Bro. Paul O'Donnell
Bro. Paul O'Donnell died in his sleep yesterday at the age of 55. Bro. Paul was a founder and President of Pro-Life Action Ministries, a board member of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, and Guardian Overall for the Franciscan Brothers of Peace.

Bro. Paul was a warrior for those who were vulnerable. He was there to fight for Bro. Michael Gaworski (the Founder of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace) during his death. He was there for Terri Schiavo and the Schindler family as Terri was being starved and dehydrated to death. He was there for baby Joseph Maarachli and for Jahi McMath. Bro. Paul was there for those who needed help protecting the dignity of their lives. Bro. Paul was an inspiration for us and will be missed.

Final Thoughts
I was lucky enough to have met both Dr. Jack Wilke and Bro. Paul O'Donnell. I remember Bro. Paul speaking at a North Dakota Right to Life convention a few years back; and I remember speaking with him at different National Right to Life conventions. He was always so kind, so joyful, and so passionate about helping those who are vulnerable. Bro. Paul reminded you what our purpose was in being pro-life; that we cannot get so caught up in the battle that we forget to truly care about and care for both those who we are fighting for and those who we are trying to convert. He was a great man and I know that I will miss him.

I was lucky enough to have met Dr. Jack Wilke at this past years National Right to Life Convention in Louisville, KY. I remember learning about him when I started getting involved in the pro-life movement. I remember his materials being a starting point for my own education on life issues. This was a man who everyone recognized as having an impact on their being pro-life. I was honored to have been able to meet someone who not only impacted my own life, but who I know educated and helped millions of others. Dr. Wilke, even being gone, will continue to be a rock for all of us who are pro-life.

Devyn Nelson
Executive Director

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we celebrate this day, let us be mindful that as pro-life people we should be joyous! While we mourn the atrocities that are committed against those who are the most vulnerable among us, we cannot forget to also celebrate life. 

On Thanksgiving Day, 1963, then President John F. Kennedy proclaimed, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."

In order to truly advocate for life, we must be an example for others. It is not enough to say we are pro-life, we must also live it. It is not enough to condemn the attitudes of those who do not respect life, we must also show them how to respect it.

On this Thanksgiving day, I ask you to take time to celebrate life. Give thanks for life; give thanks for your parents choosing life; give thanks for the ability to fight for the right to life of all human beings. Be a shining light for all those in the darkness and show them what living life is truly all about.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Join Us for the 2015 March for Life!

Join North Dakota Right to Life, along with hundreds of North Dakotans and thousands of pro-life people from across the nation for the 2015 March for Life. 

North Dakota Right to Life will once again be taking a bus to Washington, D.C. The bus is free to ride!

We will be leaving on Monday, January 19th, 2015 from Shuck Bus Service in Moorhead, MN at 6:00 PM. We should arrive in Washington, D.C. on the evening of Tuesday, January 20th.

Wednesday will be a day for everybody to explore Washington on their own. Thursday is the day of the March for Life, and we will be right at the front March along with the rest of the North Dakotans. 

There will be some time on Friday to explore Washington a little bit more. We will depart in the late afternoon/early evening to come back home. We should arrive back in Moorhead, MN the evening of Saturday, January 24th.

Full Details

from Shuck Bus Service in Moorhead, MN
Monday, January 19, 2015
6:00 PM

The bus is free to ride.

We have a block of rooms at the Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn, just a short walk away from the Orange, Silver, and Blue lines for the Metro.

The cost is ~$145/night, for a total of $435 for three nights. This cost can be split amongst however many people are in the room. 

For two people in a room the cost would be ~$218 for each person. 
For three people in a room the cost would be ~$145 for each person.
For four people in a room the cost would be ~$109 for each person.

Each room includes two queen beds.

Food costs are the responsibility of each person.

Depart from Washington, D.C. the evening of Friday, January 23.

Arrive in Moorhead, MN the evening of Saturday, January 24th.

Seats are limited, to reserve your spot today, contact NDRL at:
Phone: 701-258-3811

Congratulations to the Pro-Life Legislators That Have Been Elected

We would like to extend our congratulations to all those who have been voted into the legislature for the upcoming legislative session. We especially want to congratulate those legislators who we know are pro-life and who fight for the right to life for all human beings.

As always, we hope to be able to welcome more legislators to this list. The right to life is an issue that all people need to support, on both sides of the aisle. We look forward to working with all of the legislators in the upcoming session.

District 3
Sen. Oley Larsen
Rep. Roscoe Streyle

District 5
Sen. Randy Burckhard
Rep. Scott Louser
Rep. Roger Brabandt

District 7
Sen. Nicole Poolman
Rep. Jason Docter

District 9
Rep. Tracy Boe

District 11
Sen. Tim Mathern

District 13
Rep. Kim Koppelman
Rep. Christopher Olson

District 15
Rep. Dennis Johnson
Rep. Curt Hofstad

District 19
Sen. Tom Campbell
Rep. Gary Paur
Rep. Wayne Trottier

District 23
Rep. Don Vigesaa
Rep. Bill Devlin

District 25
Sen. Larry Luick

District 27
Rep. Randy Boehning

District 29
Sen. Terry Wanzek
Rep. Chet Pollert
Rep. Craig Headland

District 31
Sen. Don Schaible
Rep. Karen Rohr
Rep. James Schmidt

District 33
Sen. Jessica Unruh
Rep. Jay Seibel
Rep. Gary Kreidt

District 35
Rep. Karen Karls

District 37
Sen. Rich Wardner
Rep. Mike Lefor
Rep. Vicki Steiner

District 39
Sen. Bill Bowman
Rep. Keith Kempenich

District 41
Rep. Al Carlson

District 43
Sen. Lonnie Laffen
Rep. Richard Becker

Distrit 45
Sen. Ron Sorvaag

District 47
Sen. Ralph Kilzer
Rep. Lawrence Klemin

Measure 1 Defeat Will Not Stop The Pro-Life Movement

It is now one week after the election, and we have all had time to reflect on the results. There is no doubt that it was disappointing to see Measure 1 be defeated. We all spent significant amounts of time, money, and effort to try and pass Measure 1, but in the end, it wasn't enough. 

However, the results of the election should not be discouraging. In fact, there are some positives that we need to take away from this campaign. First, Measure 1 was not defeated because the electorate is tired of pro-life legislation. Measure 1 was defeated because Planned Parenthood was able to spend 1.4 million dollars to confuse good pro-life voters. If you remember the ads being played before the election, you remember that the opposition talked about everything but abortion. They deceived the public into thinking that Measure 1 would nullify living wills and advanced directives, among other lies. As you know, we believe in the right to life from fertilization until a natural death. We do not believe that extraordinary measures must be taken to keep someone alive, and we advocate for the use of living wills. 

The opposition made false claims throughout their entire campaign and sadly, they were able to confuse voters enough that they were able to defeat Measure 1. Much of the media followed in the oppositions footsteps. During the campaign, the issue was spun as about everything but abortion. Now that the election is over and Measure 1 has failed, you are seeing news articles claiming that the public has spoken and an anti-abortion measure was defeated. They can't have it both ways. Despite what the media is trying to say now, we did not lose the vote because people are tired of pro-life legislation.

Second, we had unparalleled pro-life unity in the state during this campaign. ND choose Life was made up of North Dakota Right to Life, North Dakota Family Alliance, the North Dakota Catholic Conference, North Dakota Concerned Women for America LAC, and North Dakota Life League. It isn't often that every major pro-life group in the state works together. I am hopeful that the pro-life unity will remain. We all have different agendas and ideas, but we have proof of what we can accomplish together.

Third, our reach has expanded tremendously. This is partially because of the pro-life unity, but also because of the grassroots work that was accomplished during the campaign. We are reaching more people right now than we have been in the few years that I have been involved in North Dakota Right to Life. We need to keep up the energy and keep reaching out to people.

So we will keep pushing forward. We can not become discouraged from fighting to protect life at all of its stages. We will continue our work in the legislative session. We will continue educating the public. Most importantly, we will not rest until all life is protected.

North Dakota Supreme Court Overturns Corwin Decision

Yesterday (October 28, 2014), the North Dakota Supreme Court overturned a District Court ruling on a case concerning a 2011 law concerning the off-label use of abortion inducing drugs (H.B. 1297). 

Last year, Cass County District Court Judge Wickham Corwin ruled this law unconstitutional under both the state constitution and federal constitution. In the process of ruling this law unconstitutional, Judge Corwin took it upon himself to invent a fundamental right to abortion under the liberty clause in the North Dakota Constitution. 

While the North Dakota Supreme Court overturned Judge Corwin’s decision regarding the constitutionality of the law, they did not resolve the issue of the “fundamental right to abortion” that Judge Corwin made-up out of thin air.

Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle noted that before the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Roe v. Wade, North Dakota “had a long history of prohibiting abortions.” He also noted that “the legislature enacted provisions continuing to prohibit abortions” after Roe v. Wade. Chief Justice VandeWalle accurately states that, “our state constitution is silent about creating a state constitutional right to abortion.”

It is obvious that North Dakota has never recognized a right to abortion under the state constitution. Justice Sandstrom said it best, stating, "the plaintiffs made a conscious decision to seek to establish a separate state constitutional right to an abortion under the North Dakota constitution. Presumably, they did so as a backup in case a right to an abortion ever ceases to exist under the United States Constitution."

We are glad that the North Dakota Supreme Court ended up with the right ruling. However, the lack of a decision regarding the “fundamental right to abortion” under the North Dakota Constitution that Judge Corwin invented reaffirms that there is a very real need for our state to pass Measure 1. It is obvious that we need to take it upon ourselves and make sure that it is perfectly clear that our state recognizes and protects the right to life at every stage of development. We cannot become complacent in pursuing the right to life for all human beings.

Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft Clarifies the Effects of Measure 1

From Left to Right: NDRL Legislative Director Brock Schmeling, Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, NDRL Executive Director Devyn Nelson.

From Left to Right: NDRL Legislative Director Brock Schmeling, Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, NDRL Executive Director Devyn Nelson.

Former United States Attorney General John Ashcroft was in North Dakota today, at     press conferences in Bismarck and Fargo, to clarify some of the effects of Measure 1 should it pass.

Ashcroft has extensive knowledge about this issue. As Governor of Missouri, Ashcroft signed a piece of legislation with similar wording to Measure 1 into law. The Missouri law states, "the laws of this state shall be interpreted and construed to acknowledge on behalf of the unborn child at every stage of development, all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and decisional interpretations thereof by the United States Supreme Court and specific provisions to the contrary in the statutes and constitution of this state." 

Ashcroft noted that the Missouri law and Measure 1 have the same effect. They both are there to guide us in our interpretation of other laws. Ashcroft noted that none of the "horrors" that are touted by those in opposition to Measure 1 have any basis in reality. In Missouri, after the law was signed into effect, IVF treatments were never curtailed; IVF is still being practiced in Missouri today; and that IVF will continue to be available in North Dakota.

Ashcroft, who argued pro-life laws before the Supreme Court of the United States as the former chief attorney for the United States government, went on to state that enshrining principles like Measure 1 into a state constitution is something that has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States previously (as was seen with the Missouri law).

Ashcroft stated that end of life issues would not be affected by the passing of Measure 1; something that those in opposition to Measure 1 have made wild accusations about. 

When asked about whether or not women who have had abortions could be prosecuted under Measure 1, Ashcroft stated clearly that as a constitutional amendment that is not self-executing, Measure 1 does not allow for any prosecution at all. He stated that not only will there be no prosecution of anybody, but that there cannot be prosecution as a result of Measure 1.

We thank Attorney General Ashcroft for coming to North Dakota and setting the record straight on Measure 1.

Measure 1 Forums in Dickinson and Williston

There will be community forums held in Dickinson and Williston to answer any questions that you may have about Measure 1. These forums will be held at the following times:

Community Forum in Dickinson
Friday, October 24
6:30 PM

The Community Room at the West River Community Center
2004 Fairway Street
Dickinson, ND

Community Forum in Williston
Saturday, October 25
10:00 AM

Williston Public Library
1302 Davidson Dr.
Williston, ND 

New Salem/Almont Right to Life Ice Cream & Pie Social

New Salem/Almont Right to Life will be hosting their Ice Cream & Pie Social on Sunday, October 26th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. At 3:00 PM, both Devyn Nelson (Executive Director of NDRL) and Brock Schmeling (Legislative Director of NDRL) will be there to speak about Measure 1. We encourage everyone to attend this event, enjoy good fellowship and food, support the right to life, and learn the truth about Measure 1.

Ice Cream & Pie Social Details

Sunday, October 26th
2:00 - 4:00 PM
St. Pius Catholic Church
New Salem, ND

A free will offering will be taken at the social.

Shanley Teens for Life - Cupcakes for Life

Join Shanley Teens for Life, along with Fr. Frank Pavone (National Director of Priests for Life), for their Cupcakes for Life fundraiser.

Shanley Teens for Life has been chosen to carry the banner at the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C.! For the first time in history, an entire high school will travel to Washington, D.C. for the march. 

Cupcakes for Life

7:30 PM on Friday, October 24
Sts. Anne & Joachim Church
Fargo, ND

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5; advanced ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Guardian Angel sponsorship (10 seats for $50) is also available. There will be a free-will offering that evening.

For tickets; contact:
Susan Noah @ 701-541-5689
Fr. Charles LaCroix @ 701-893-3219

NDRL Political Action Committee Has Endorsed 30 Candidates

The North Dakota Right to Life Political Action Committe has endorse 30 candidates for state and federal office. Please make sure to get out and support our pro-life candidates!

U.S. Congress

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R)


District 3
Sen. Oley Larson (R - Senate)
Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R - House)

District 5
Sen. Randy Burckhard (R - Senate)

District 11
Sen. Tim Mathern (D - Senate)

District 13
Rep. Kim Koppelman (R - House)
Mr. Christopher Olson (R - House)

District 19
Sen. Tom Campbell (R - Senate)
Rep. Gary Paur (R - House)
Rep. Wayne Trottier (R - House)

District 23
Mr. John Jacobson (R - Senate)
Rep. Bill Devlin (R - House)
Rep. Don Vigesaa (R - House)

District 25
Sen. Larry Luick (R - Senate)

District 29
Sen. Terry Wanzek (R - Senate)
Rep. Craig Headland (R - House)
Rep. Chet Pollert (R - House)

District 31
Sen. Donald Schaible (R - Senate)
Rep. Karen Rohr (R - House)

District 33
Rep. Gary Kreidt (R - House)

District 35
Sen. Margaret Sitte (R - Senate)
Rep. Karen Karls (R - House)

District 37
Sen. Rich Wardner (R - Senate)
Rep. Vicky Steiner (R - House)
Mr. Mike Lefor (R - House)

District 41
Rep. Al Carlson (R - House)
Rep. Bette Grande (R - House)

District 43
Sen. Lonnie Laffen (R - Senate)

District 45
Sen. Ronald Sorvaag (R - Senate)

District 47
Rep. Lawrence Klemin (R - House)

Make sure to lock your vote in by voting with an absentee ballot. Click on the link below to do so.

ND Secretary of State Office - Absentee Ballot

Fall Banquets with Steven Mosher a Success!

This September, we had 3 banquets with keynote speaker Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute. Mr. Mosher spoke on his first hand experience with the One-Child Policy in China, how some people are advocating for that same kind of policy across the world, and how the world is not overpopulated.

Mr. Mosher was a fantastic speaker who stressed the importance of North Dakota Right to Life's work. Mr. Mosher also came out in support of Measure 1 stating, "If the Human Life Amendment passes, it will help to protect pro-life laws not just in North Dakota, but in the other 49 states as well. And it will encourage the pro-life movement to continue to win pro-life victories at the state level, putting abortion - and the brutal industry that profits from it - on a path to eventual extinction."

We would like to thank the underwriters who made these banquets possible:


Gold Level

Albert & Karen Wolf
Bismarck Mandan Right to Life

Silver Level

Diocese of Bismarck
Minot Right to Life
Tom Laylock

Table Sponsor

Bank of Glen Ullin
Glen Ullin Right to Life
Harvey Right to Life
KC Council 7602 - Ascension Church
Precision Tile & Wood, Inc.
Roger Kubik
Rosemarie Birrenkott
Virginia Dolajak Daycare


Silver Level

Darcy Kovash
Evangelical Bible Church
Meyer Industries, LLC
Queen of Peace Catholic Church
Tom Laylock

Table Sponsor

4 Seasons Remodeling
Border States Electric
Diane Keck
Mindy Heiser
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
Richard & Luella Dvorak
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
St. Patrick's Catholic Church



Gold Level

Joseph McCormick
Valley City Right to Life

Silver Level

Fargo Right to Life
Hankinson Right to Life
Msgr. Dennis Skonseng

Table Sponsor

Bethany Free Lutheran Church
Falk Drilling
Finley Assembly of God
Binford Gospel Tabernacle
Grace Free Lutheran Church
Hankinson Drug
KC Council 13670 - Cooperstown
Lee Schierkolk
Pembina County Right to Life
Prairie Faith Church
Roman Catholic Churches of Aneta, Cooperstown, Finley, & Jessie
St. Philip's Catholic Church
Scott & Cindy Hoselton
Sisters of Mary of the Presentation
Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Tom & Judy McCormick
Trandem Automotive Services
V-W Motors, Inc.

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